Cadets March in Freedom of St. Ives Parade

2 July 2018

On Saturday 30th June, cadets from St. Ives , Huntingdon, Swavesey and Cambridge detachments marched through St Ives as part of the freedom of St Ives and Armed forces day parades.

It was an extremely hot morning when the cadets arrived at the Dolphin hotel. After their final inspection and intake of water, the cadets were ready to step off behind the 5th Troop Royal Engineers who had been given the freedom of St Ives.

The cadets marched to the town centre lead by Major Swann. The standard-bearers were Cpl Houchen and Cpl Nelson. Once in the town and completed a circuit around the town in front of hundreds of onlookers who clapped as they marched passed. the Freedom of St Ives ceremony took place with the exchange of swords to mark the occasion. The cadets stood very well in the heat. Once the ceremony had finished the parade marched off again a

After the cadets had rested for a little bit and had another refreshment break, they were taken to RAF Wyton where they helped with the open day. They helped with anything that was asked of them as well as being given the opportunity to have a look at what the Royal Engineers had to offer.

Both the cadets and instructors did a fantastic job, considering the difficult conditions. The cadets who marched looked fantastic and were extremely well behaved all day. They are a credit to the detachments they come from as well as Cambridgeshire Army Cadet Force.

The instructors also did an extremely good job of ensuring that the cadets were well hydrated throughout the day. A fantastic opportunity for all the cadets to take part in.